Tea is incomplete without a little munch along. And what can be better if you get something yum that too guilt-free !
I planned to bake my snacks today. My taste buds have to be satisfied, this was the first condition. Should we not utilise this lockdown period in making our system healthier ? So the snacks had to be healthy, was the second condition.
The multigrain flour got a little more healthier with some spices and herbs added to it. The spices added to the taste, aroma and digestion. Fenugreek is known to lower blood sugar and reduce bad cholesterol and is a rich source of fibre, protein, Iron, manganese and much more.
As always, i choose what’s invariably there on my shelves, but you can choose to replace anything you would like to according to your taste, As i feel cooking is something you enjoy experimenting with. So here comes the list of four basic ingredients followed by some spices and herbs you would need.
One and a half cup multigrain flour
Half a cup of sooji [ SEMOLINA]
One teaspoon baking soda
Approx 75 gms of olive oil
Condiments – ajwain [ carom seeds ], zeera (roasted) or zeera powder [ cumin ], pinch of red chilli powder, methi [ fenugreek ] leaves (dry / fresh), pinch of freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste.
Lets mix up
Mix all dry ingredients except fenugreek leaves. (Not everyone likes the flavor) Add oil while kneading the flour to mix everything evenly BUT only with your fingers. You must remember the fingers do the magic here. Feel should that be of soft bread crumbs/ wet sand. Now slowly add warm water while kneading so as to soften the flour till you can make a ball of the entire mix. Keep aside for approx 20 mins for the flour ball to set.
At this step i divide the ball into two halves.
In half the mix you can add crushed fenugreek leaves not more than 2 tbsp. Make small balls of this mix, flatten them up evenly as you place them inside the oven later.
Work the other half of the flour and flatten like making a big chappati Keep it approx 4 to 5 mm thick.Make holes with the help of a fork. They help them become crispy and look awesome. Cut into shape with a knife.
Preheat oven for 10 mins at approx 200 C. Grease a baking tray and place the shaped fritters or mathris Bake for approx 10-15 mins or till just about light brown. Set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes. ( most difficult)
Voila….. your mathri / fritters are ready. Enjoy with tea
Bake the fritters before the mathris lest the fritters take up the aroma of mathris.
You can replace multigrain flour with whole wheat flour or all purpose flour.
You can use butter or ghee instead of olive oil
You can make tasty sweet fritters by adding brown sugar/ honey, choco chips/cocoa powder, cinnamon powder, instead of salt and other spices.
I am loving them, hope you would enjoy these baked delights too..